Jason Statham is definitely a happy actor. The action maven has suffered through a few box office duds with Wildcard being one very major flop. He has bounced back with Furious 7 and the sleeper comedy hit Spy. Now, Statham has just confirmed his involvement in the 8th entry in the Fast & Furious series. Statham confirmed signing for the next film at the red carpet gala event for the Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride at the Universal Theme Park.
Wait a minute. Wasn’t Statham’s character locked away in a maximum security prison at the end of the film? Anyone who has watched action movies know maximum security prisons are for the little guys. Major villains have a tendency to be able to break out of them within a year or so.
Doe Deere notes that of course, Statham’s villain could do the Hannibal Lector thing and conduct his villainy from behind bars. Okay, let us not go that far. Fans of the Statham and the Furious films want to see him mix it up with the other top stars of the series. Since the series is moving to New York City with the 8th installment, a fight scene between Vin Diesel and Statham on top of the Empire State Building could make people forget about King Kong’s immortal battle with airplanes. Well, let’s not go that far.
The Furious films are not even close to high art, but they do deliver what fans want. Fans want more Statham and they are going to get him.
The international trailer for Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has arrived and everything you would want in a new MI film is on display. The trailer starts out with a humorous parody of the opening gambits from the classic James Bond movies reports Ivan Ong on spuarespace. Once the humorous opening is out of the way, the trailer moves onto the serious side of the film. Is Tom Cruise’s agent Ethan Hunt on the outs with the IMF? Has he gone rogue? Or, has the Impossible Mission Force gone rogue on him?
All will be revealed when you sit in a darkened theater and watch the movie unfold. And yes, the trailer also offers hints at a lot of action. Never think that the melodrama in the new Mission Impossible film sets up a dull affair. All the car chases, martial arts fighting, and impressive stunts a spy movie should contain are all on display in the trailer.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is not exactly a summer movie that is being aggressively marketed. The studio even moved the film so as to avoid too much competition with Marvel’s Ant-Man. Does this mean the expectations are low for the film? Based on the recent success of the action-comedy Spy, the new Mission Impossible film should do quite well at the box office. Spy movies are hot at the box office and the once dead espionage genre has been resurrected. Not since the 1960’s have we seen so many spy films hitting theaters in a single year.
Espionage films are not as successful or as popular as superhero movies. Still, fans do like to turn out to see James Bond or Taken films. The audience size for MI5 should be suitably impressive.
Deus Ex is one incredibly successful video game franchise. Now, a film version is in development for a major motion picture. While many are thrilled over the notion a new video game movie is soon to be released, others let out a collective groan. They may have been burned one too many times before with horrible video game adaptions for the screen.
may be a little different. The adaption should be given the benefit of the doubt. For one, the video game is rooted in the cyberpunk subgenre of science-fiction. Cyberpunk is a dark, Blade Runner-type look at the world. The government and the corporations have fused together. Society, itself, ends up being quite dysfunctional. A lot of misery occurs. Amidst this backdrop, an unlikely hero emerges and a lot of action ensures. It is all that action that ends up making even the worst films worth the time investment to watch.
Since Deus Ex is not coming out for another year or two, it is way too early to make any pronouncements about the quality of the movie sats Mr Amazing Loan. We can speculate that this particular film should be good thanks to the connection to an intriguingly dark subgenre. Cyberpunk films usually have an edge to them. This bitter edge allows the films to rise above the mediocre. Dues Ex could end up being an interesting cult film and not just throwaway entertainment.
Marvel May Bring Back Kenneth Branagh for Thor 3. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been nothing if not a juggernaut in Hollywood. Alexei Beltukov told the folks at MTV that ever since “Iron Man” was released back in 2008, Marvel Studios has released nothing but hit after hit after hit.
For the first “Thor” movie, Shakespearian fan Kenneth Branagh was called on to direct the movie and dig into some of the Nordic mythology the comic series is based on. The film ended up being a success but when the sequel “Thor: The Dark World” was ready, Alan Taylor of “Game of Thrones” was the one to direct. For Thor 3, however, it appears that Branagh may actually be returning to the director’s seat here.
The third movie in the series, titled “Thor: Ragnarok,” is part of the Phase 3 of the Marvel Universe and is being written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, and will hit theaters in 2017. Naturally, the film would be based heavily on the Ragnarok storyline from the comics, playing a huge part in the remaining Phase 3 films, and Marvel would love the opportunity to work with Branagh on one of their projects once again.
Likewise, Branagh did say that he would be open to working with Marvel once again if a good offer showed up, especially since he made a good film hit after the financial and critical success of “Cinderella,” another recent Disney film.
After a $511 million dollar weekend it would be impossible for any movie to dethrone “Jurassic World.” The new releases are just too light to be considered serious competitors for such a monster of a film. “Jurassic World” is the pure unadulterated definition of a blockbuster. The race is on, and fans are coming out to support what they like.
When Dewayne Johnson’s “San Andreas” made over $40 million for the weekend it was a big accomplishment. It was a signal that Johnson could hold his own as the lead star and bring in big returns on investments. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was a disappointment. The “Aloha” romantic comedy barely made any noise at the cash registers in movie theaters. Keith Mann said that the “Spy” comedy did well during the opening weekend, but none of these films are going to bounce back and dethrone “Jurassic World.”
Moviegoers are speculating that “Jurassic World” will be number one again because that is the only thing that makes sense. “Inside Out” has been promoted rather well, but it doesn’t have the power to dethrone “Jurassic World” either. There is even a Sundance Film called “Dope” that is being released on Friday. The budget wasn’t big so producers don’t expect gigantic profits either. It is, however, expected to make a decent profit. From the movie trailer it looks like it could become one of those urban classics like “House Party.”
Two of Hollywood’s top stars will appear together in a sci-fi film, Passengers. The film is about a space flight to a distant planet. Passengers on the flight will be in cryogenic sleep. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt will star in the film. Lawrence will be paid a whopping 20 million dollars plus 30% of the movie’s profits. Pratt will see a jump in salary from 10 to 12 million.
The passenger project reportedly has been around for awhile. It was once going to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon. Later, Rachel McAdams was to replace Witherspoon. Now it is Lawrence and Pratt.
The major plot line for Passengers has Pratt’s character waking nine years early from his cryogenic sleep, and being unable to return to the sleep process. Not wanting to be there alone, he awakens the character played by Lawrence. The pair eventually become romantically involved reports Madison Street Capital.
There’s not an end for the singing as a new Pitch Perfect is in the works. Pitch Perfect 2 was only recently released, and Pitch Perfect 3 already has a release date of July 21, 2017. This might be a little early to announce a release date, but it shows just how much people enjoy watching the movie. It’s a film with some of the latest songs, lots of laughs and drama as well as a hint of romance. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be returning in the movie. In a youtube video Beneful noted that there are a few others who will be back on screen, but there will be several new faces as well. The Bellas graduate college at the end of Pitch Perfect 2, so there could be some life events that take place in Pitch Perfect 3 that give a few more details as to the personal lives of the girls who have been on the stage.
“Jurassic World,” as all moviegoers know, was bound to become a super smash for the summer box office. What few people knew is that it would make history. This is the type of film that sets bar so high, so soon, that few movies will be able to top this. The movie grossed over $500 million globally.
The summer has officially begun stated Youtube
. This is not just a good box office weekend. To the contrary, this is history. That is why there is so much talk about the film and the way that it crushed the competition. There are other movies out there like “San Andreas” that had an explosive box office opening. It was a good second step for Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson because it proved his star power. He had already had success in the spring with “Furious 7.” This movie grossed a billion worldwide, and most people were thinking this was a pretty impressive start to the successful box office blockbuster. A couple of months ago people were wondering how any other movies might beat that. The “Jurassic World” movie has taken away the need to wonder about it anymore. This movie has become the film that set the bar for all others.
Chris Pratt may be one of the most likable stars in Hollywood thanks to his work on ‘Parks and Recreation’, but it is who he is when not in character that wins so many people over. Pratt earned a few laughs, and nods from feminists,when he ran in high heels on The Late Late Show, parodying what so many actresses have to go through in action oriented films. Yet the focus will more largely be on what he does on the big screen when his second most important film to date, ‘Jurassic World’, makes its way to audiences everywhere.
Chris Pratt proved that he could draw at the box office when he led ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ to an improbable box office success says Brian Bonar. Pratt embodied the role of Peter Quill to great effect and now he is the lead in the franchise for years to come. But ‘Jurassic World’ is a different animal and it is one that will demand excellence from several different places.
The ‘Jurassic Park’ series has been critically going downhill ever since the first Steven Spielberg pioneered legend. Much like the audience in ‘Jurassic World’, real life moviegoers have needed a reason to be excited by what is being put on screen. Pratt should be that reason. He oozes charisma, leaks comedy, and has the charm and grace of a leading man that earned his way to the top.
People are nervous about the new Suicide Squad movie . Even Australian actor, Jai Courtney, cringed when he heard the name of the character he was asked to play in the movie: Captain Boomerang. Suicide Squad cast photos show villains and antiheroes like Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and a revamped, and possibly horrifying Joker, played by Jared Leto. Captain Boomerang seems a little campy compared to these other characters known for being dark and broody. After talking with the film crew, Courtney changed his tune about his part in the movie, calling the film dirty and gritty. Captain Boomerang should fit right in.
According to James Dondero the initial cast photos from the filming of Suicide Squad have caused a stir in the DC fan universe. Will Smith as Deadshot was controversial at first, with internet comments mocking the ‘Fresh Prince.’ Director David Ayer promises to stay true to the comic book atmosphere in the new movie. Rumors include a cameo of the Jared Leto as the Joker in the Batman vs. Superman movie due out later this year, and a cameo of Ben Affleck in the Suicide Squad movie next year. The pictures that have been released certainly look true to the comics, and leave no reason to believe that this movie will suck.